World Migratory Bird Day 2018

About the World Migratory Bird Day 2018

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 by the Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (UNEP-AEWA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) as an annual awareness-raising campaign aimed at people living in all the major flyways that highlights the ecological importance of migratory birds and calls for their global conservation through international cooperation. As one of the main WMBD partners, the East Asian–Australasian Flyway Partnership has been helping by taking the lead in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway.

A parallel awareness raising campaign, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), has been forging ahead for some time, growing in its reach and scope each year throughout the western hemisphere, now being led by the Environment of the Americas (EFTA). In October 2017, EFTA, CMS, and AEWA announced an innovative partnership to increase awareness of the plight of migratory birds around the world. The new partnership formally unites two of the world’s largest bird education campaigns, IMBD and WMBD in a bid to strengthen global recognition and appreciation of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation. From 2018, the new joint campaign of “World Migratory Bird Day” will be twice a year, on the second Saturday in May and in October. With the theme “Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation,” WMBD 2018 highlights the importance to communicate and learn from each other across borders, within and between the world’s flyways. Let’s unify our voices and actions to reach out even further throughout the flyways. Find more information and resources about the WMBD 2018 here.

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Focus for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway: Knots

Under the global theme, the EAAFP Secretariat highlights several species experiencing rapid population declining in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF), primarily Red Knot and Great Knot, but also other species such as Garganey, Black-tailed Godwit, and the Critically Endangered Spoonbill Sandpiper, as well as Far Eastern Curlew and Baer’s Pochard.

The population of Red Knot and Great Knot has been declining at a rate of 2-2.5 % per year in recent decades, primarily as a result of habitat loss at the stopover sites, according to the Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative Workplan 2015-2019. Both species have been identified as priority species for EAAF in the Workplan. The EAAFP Secretariat has been raising awareness on the plight of these species through ‘Year of the Knots’ campaign. The year 2018 is the second year of this campaign, as well as the Year of the Bird.

Materials for EAAF

The Secretariat will develop some materials to support campaigns across the EAAF. Please contact us if you need to add logos for your own local campaign.

EAAFP Secretariat
Tel: +82 32 458 6504

Themes and Posters in EAAF languages

English Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation JPEG PDF
Bengali JPEG PDF
Burmese JPEG PDF
Chinese 为鸟类保护共鸣 JPEG PDF
Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) Satukan Suara Kita untuk Konservasi Burung JPEG PDF
Japanese 渡り鳥の保全へ、声を一つに JPEG PDF
Korean 철새 보호를 위한 하나된 목소리 JPEG PDF
Malaysian (Bahasa Malaysia) Menyatukan Suara Kita Untuk Konservasi Burung JPEG PDF
Mongolian шувуу хамгааллын төлөө дуу хоолойгоо нэгтгэцгээе JPEG PDF
Philippines Nagkakaisang Tinig Para Sa Pangangalaga Ng Mga Ibon JPEG PDF
Russian объединяя наши усилия в защиту птиц JPEG PDF


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  • Korean version





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Events and registration

EAAFP encourages the celebration of WMBD in each country of the Flyway through events, messages and media to raise awareness on the migratory waterbirds and issues they face. Small scale activities can also contribute.